It was a gala evening as officers of the Southern California Restaurant Writers gathered at the Renaissance Restaurant in Hollywood to present its chef, Phil Christodoulou with the Writers' 2013 Chef of the Year Award. The medallion was presented to Phil by Jim Woodin , President, with Jeanne Bartlett, Secretary, and Neill Foster, Treasurer looking on while This Writer, a lifetime member of SCRW took photos of the event. Looking on were two staff members of Renaissance who had received SCRW awards in previous years, Christian Bolinard as pastry chef of the year and Gerard Marini as Sommelier of the Year.
The Renaissance earns five star rating each year as well as a Golden Bacchus award for its wine selection.
Master Chef Phil Christodoulou, Christian Bolinard and Gerard Marini have all been with the Renaissance for over two decades.
An added festive note for the evening was helping Jeanne Bartlett celebrate her birthday.
As dining room for the historic Manor Hotel the Renaissance is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. It is located at 5930 Franklin Avenue in the heart of Hollywood. Call 323 960-3222.